Self-Portrait Collage Class at Art Camp

I (Amelia Moore) had the honor of teaching a collage class again at this year’s Art Camp. In addition to photography, I have a love for the creative art of collage. I love working with various materials to create an art piece! For me, its an exciting challenge to search through materials I have on hand like old tags, materials, photos, coins, paper or discarded bags; and of course it’s always fun to shop for new materials. Then it’s fun to use a variety of techniques combine all the materials to make one beautiful masterpiece! The kids also love creating a collage piece because they get to try several different techniques and learn how to use materials around them as supplies for their art piece (like painting with beets or making their piece 3D with recycled trash)!

This year my class focused on creating a self-portrait. I started the class by teaching them about facial portions and how to draw facial features. It’s always fun to learn about body portions! They continued their faces throughout the week by adding their own colors, materials and character. Around their faces they added paper mosaic. Finally, they finished their pieces by coloring their faces with black crayons and then scraping it off with a coin.

While these were all fun techniques, it was significant to use the process as a teaching tool. I shared with them how we are all created with the same features… everyone has two eyes in the center horizon of their faces, mouths that are the width of their eyes, a nose in the middle of their face, etc. Their interpretation of their characteristics illustrated how we are all made unique and for a purpose by God. The paper mosaic represented the influences all around us and that we need to be aware of the positive and negative influences. The black crayon we used to cover our faces represented the unhealthy choices, sin of others or ourselves, hurt, abuse or loneliness that we experience. Like the blackness of the crayons, these experiences block us from understanding and seeing God’s purpose in our lives. But we all have a choice to work towards healing and making healthy decisions and so we talked about that process as we worked (hard!) at scraping away the black crayon with the coins. Then we discussed how the “blackness” is still part of our lives but that too can shape us and that we can use those experiences to help others. Some kids had a really hard time liking the “black” of their art pieces (and I really did too since we spent all week creating some beautiful pieces); but it was a great opportunity to remind them that even with the “black” on their self-portraits, the pieces were beautiful! The black added depth and interest to the pieces. Yes, some of them did actually turn out darker than I would have liked, but that is the process of art AND LIFE – that you never know how things are going to turn out. But the significant thing about the process of creation is exploring, trying new things, being in the moment and celebrating the outcome.

And we got to celebrate their beautiful self-portrait creations at an Art Show at the end of the week! Upon returning to the city, we hosted an Art Show for the community. The kids were able to share what they learned and experienced at Art Camp with their friends and families. Our prayer is that through art, relationships and God’s truth, the kids would continue to understand their purpose and make healthy choices that will ultimately change their community… and country.

The majority of our camp funding comes through individual donations from people like you! Would you consider giving to make this opportunity happen again in 2013? All donations are tax deductible. You can make a donation now.

Photography by Amelia Moore & Sara Harper for Athentikos.

 

 

Hearts Touched by Art

Another successful year at Art Camp!  92 children from La Limonada attended this year’s Art Camp at the beach in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

La Limonada, home to these children, is one of the largest slums in Central America.  It is also home to gang violence, drugs, extreme poverty and lack of opportunity.  This weeklong Art Camp led the kids on a journey to realize their value in Christ and find healing for their hearts through art.  The camp’s stark contrast to life in La Limonada allows the children a unique opportunity to be free, think creative and heal.

Athentikos joined Lemonade International and Vidas Plenas for this year’s camp. In all, there almost 50 adults that served together as leaders, counselors, teachers, psychologists, game & music leaders and more!  ValorArte, the name of this year’s camp, is a play on words in Spanish. “Valor” means “To Value”… and “Arte” means “Art”… but the word “Valorarte” means “Value Yourself”.  The focus of this year’s Art Camp was to understand our individual value to ourselves, our community and to God.

Athentikos oversaw and staffed the Art Classes & Art Show. Several new teachers joined the Athentikos team this year.  Two friends from the Voz de Las Calles Event and Becoming Fools joined us for Valor Arte.  Alfonso Ralda and Tamagochy, both professional entertainers in Guatemala, shared their knowledge and love with the children.  Other new members Marcela, Tina and Sara added to the mix of creative energy of ValorArte with their talents.  Amelia, Ericha and Darlene were back to teach and continue relationships with our dear friends. Here’s a photo of our teacher team:

The addition of Guatemala teachers to Art Camp was a hit!! Both Tamagochy and Alfonso developed great relationships with the children, and were begged to do several impromptu performances/lessons throughout the day and an encore performance at night.  And as always the kids enjoyed the creative outlet given to them in each class and activity.

At ValorArte we swam, danced, yelled, eat, sang, played, painted, drew, created, acted and ran for 6 days and 5 nights at El Faro, a beautiful missionary resort in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.  Each student participated in 2 art classes throughout the week; building upon skills they learned from day-to-day.  Classes at ValorArte were music, mime, drawing/painting, collage, recycled materials creation and drama. In addition, the kids participated in open LEGO building and games each afternoon and evening group activities.

This year, the Art Camp team concentrated on the involvement of psychologists into the schedule of the camp.  Throughout the day, each child wrote in a journal to reflect and respond on their feeling and thoughts while at camp and while healing and processing their experiences.  Throughout the week, the psychologists, teachers and others who work year-round with the kids in La Limonada continually expressed their joy in watching the kids play and learn in a healthy environment surrounded by people who loved them.  They were overjoyed watching the kids as they began to understand their value in God.

After a week of learning and creating, we returned to Guatemala City.  The Art Camp team set up an Art Show in the city for the kids to present their masterpieces of art and theater to their family and friends.

Thank you to all of the teachers, psychologists, counselors, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and kids for a GREAT Art Camp 2012! And a HUGE THANK YOU to LEGO for providing a grant and the individual partners that made this opportunity possible so the children could attend the camp for FREE! We pray that funds will be raised to allow us to give kids from La Limonada this amazing opportunity again next year.

PS. I (Amelia) just finished inserting photos into Ericha’s awesome write-up and I feel the need to add a note… It’s super tough to share just a handful of photos to convey all that happened during this amazing week. Please know that these words and images are only a small highlight of the overall experience and impact!! (Plus I only have half the photos from the week) So, we hope to share more in the next several weeks!

 

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

Crayons, paint, markers, LEGOs, banners, theatre, games, masquerade party, water balloon volleyball, swimming, screaming, singing, dancing and being free to be yourself: all beautiful memories from last year’s Art Camp and hopes for this year’s camp, ValorArte.  ValorArte, the name of this year’s Art Camp is a play on words in Spanish. “Valor” means “To Value”… and “Arte” means “Art”… but the word “Valorarte” means “Value Yourself”.  The focus of this year’s Art Camp is self-image in Christ.

The Athentikos team has the opportunity to serve again at Art Camp in Guatemala.  The Athentikos team and La Limonada staff will partner with the local ministry, Vidas Plenas and Lemonade International.  At ValorArte, we will teach art classes, Bible lessons, lead games and more.  The art classes involve music, clowning, sculpture, drama, collage and building with LEGO bricks.  Classes and activities at this year’s Art Camp will focus on teaching the kids how to value of ourselves, through loving ourselves, others and God.

Last year, LEGO provided a generous donation of various bricks and games along with funds for some camp expenses. This year, LEGO has again donated funds, but the remaining expenses still need to be raised.  Art Camp will cost about $12,000 for all campers to attend, supplies, food, transportation, etc.  Our hope is take 80 kids.  Some remaining funds are being collected in Guatemala, but we would like you to consider supporting this year’s Art Camp.  Athentikos and Lemonade International are teaming up to raise the rest of the funds.  All donations will make a difference in a kid’s experience at Art Camp.

All donations are tax-deductible.  Please make donations by October 15.

Check out last year’s Art Camp full of learning, processing and experiencing.  We taught kids from La Limonada how to deal with their emotions and life experiences through creating art.  It was truly an amazing experience for all involved, from campers to teachers, translators and counselors.  Click here to watch this great highlight video:

Athentikos Art Camp 2011 from Athentikos on Vimeo.

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

ValorArte: Value Art, Value Yourself

Photography by Athentikos.

 

The Big Sleep 2012

The Big Sleep 2012

During Becoming Fools production in Guatemala, I think everyone on the Athentikos team thought at one time or another what it would be like to live in the streets.  We developed close relationships with so many kids who didn’t have to imagine because the streets had been their home for so many years.  This week one of our friends is going to figure out just what it is like to live in the streets by participating in The Big Sleep 2012.

While in Guatemala, the Athentikos team had the amazing opportunity to meet David and Julia Voncannon.  The Voncannon’s started an organization called The Street Revolution out of their desire to bring transformation to the homeless community, prostitutes, children at risk, and drug addicts who are living on or spend the majority of their time on the streets of Guatemala City.  In the production of Becoming Fools, Athentikos was connected with David and Julia.  We had an unforgettable experience with them.  David and Julia guided us to several different areas throughout Guatemala City where street children live.  At each location, David and Julia were met with open arms and the deep relationships they had formed with these people living on the streets was undeniable.

The Big Sleep 2013 

The Big Sleep 2013

The Big Sleep 2012

As every other week the Voncannon’s work continues this week.  However David is taking it to another level by participating in a 24-hour Street Sleep.  The Big Sleep 2012 is a 24-hour period where David and a few other missionary friends will live in the streets just as the street youth do.  From Friday, October 5 to Saturday October 6, David and friends will be staying with a group of street children in the streets of Guatemala City.  They will have no food, only water for the 24-hour period.  Although 24 hours is no match for a lifetime in the streets, we look forward to hearing about David’s experience and the insight he gains about how to help youth living in the streets.

Please join us as we support David and Julia Voncannon, and others participating in this event.

For more information visit: The Big Sleep 2012.

Sip Smoothies, Share Smiles and Support Athentikos

9 Fruits Nashville Fundraiser June 1
Join the Athentikos team at 9 Fruits in Cool Spring Friday June 1 at 7:30pm to hear about our new film project. Scott, Ericha & Jonathan will be skyping in from Guatemala too. Proceeds from the smoothie sales will be going to the Becoming Fools project.

Can’t make the event but still want to support Athentikos!? The Athentikos crew is getting ready to join Scott this month to finish up filming. CLICK HERE to support us through your financial donations.

International Day For Street Children

Imagine yourself for a moment as a kid again. But this time, your parents are gone, you do not know the next time you will eat, you have no roof over your head when you sleep, and you don’t know where to hide from the abuse of strangers, gang members or even the police. You have no home and no family, except for the other band of kids who have nothing and no one just like you. This is a reality for millions of children living on the streets around the world.

Estimating numbers of ‘street children’ is fraught with difficulties. The exact number of street children is impossible to quantify, but the figure almost certainly runs into tens of millions across the world. It is likely that the numbers are increasing.

The International Day for Street Children: Louder Together was launched by the Consortium for Street Children on 12th April 2011.  It is a new campaign to give a louder voice to the millions of street children all around the world so their rights cannot be ignored. Governments need to listen. We want to help make this happen. We must give street children a voice. Together we are louder and have more impact so we are asking everyone to Raise your Voices for Street Children.

In honor of International Street Children Awareness Day, Athentikos is offering 50% off Reparando digital downloads. Reparando tells the story of several Guatemalans working to bring hope to a beautiful country that has been ravaged after years of civil war and violence. Response to this documentary was overwhelming both in Guatemala, the USA and around the world. Athentikos is producing a new documentary titled Becoming Fools. Becoming Fools focuses on the street youth of Guatemala City and the grassroots efforts working to improve their living situations and give them hope.

Download your copy of Reparando.

Proceeds from Reparando sales go directly toward the Becoming Fools project.
Please support Athentikos as we raise awareness and provide hope to change the lives of street children around the world.

BECOMING FOOLS – WORLD PREMIERE CONTEST

YOU get to decide where we host the WORLD PREMIERE!

The city that raises the most financial support for the Becoming Fools Kickstarter Campaign will host the world premiere of the film FOR FREE*!

Here’s how it works:

1. Back Becoming Fools on Kickstarter before Oct 5, 2011.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/306542054/becoming-fools-a-documentary

2. Include the nearest major city in your profile when you back the project.
(If you have already backed the Becoming Fools Kickstarter Project, it is easy to add the city to your profile.)

3. Ask family, friends and co-workers in your area to do the same.
Work together and WIN! Pledges start at $1. All pledges above $25 receive incentives. Funds are securely transferred through Amazon Payments and NO FUNDS ARE TRANSFERRED UNLESS WE RAISE OUR GOAL. ALL PLEDGES ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.

It is that simple!

The city that raises the most money for the Becoming Fools Kickstarter project wins! We’ll bring the completed film to your city for the world premiere – FOR FREE! Ask your church, small group and even your barber to join in. Together we can raise the funds needed to tell this story and help these street kids!

Which city will join us in Becoming Fools?

*Becoming Fools World Premiere Contest prize winner depends on a successful Becoming Fools Kickstarter Campaign – raising a total of at least $150,000 by Oct. 5, 2011.

The ‘Becoming Fools’ Campaign Still Needs You

Thank you for all you’ve done so far to tell your friends and family about our campaign for our new film ‘Becoming Fools’ on Kickstarter.com. 129 people have said they want to help street kids in Guatemala by pledging your support, raising over $25,000! We are honored and blessed by this generosity.

Help us reach $45,000 by Monday, September 5.
Make your tax-deductible pledge today.

This would put us just over 30%, which is a very important target to meet because it will put us in good standing with Kickstarter, and may provide more opportunities for promotion through them.

For those who haven’t pledged, is anything holding you back from pledging your support for the film?

Here are some answers to questions we have received.

What is ‘Becoming Fools’ about?

Becoming Fools’ portrays the vision of Italo, a professional clown, Italo, who invested in the lives of kids living in the streets. We want to honor Italo’s life by telling this beautiful story of struggle and hope.

What the problem?

In Guatemala, a child is abandoned every 4 days. 10 children are violently killed every week. Over 6000 children live in the streets. This is not just a Guatemalan problem. There are over a million children on the street worldwide.

Why are they doing it?

We’re passionate about this issue because the problem of street children exists everywhere. We’ve seen the impact a film can make with the success of our previous film, ‘Reparando’, and want to start a movement through this film that will impact thousands.

Why does it cost so much?

There’s a lot that goes into making a film including cost of equipment, travel, time, production, translation, editing, music, packaging and distribution. While we are paying some staff in the U.S. and Guatemala, we do rely on volunteers for a good portion of the work to be done.

How do they pay for it?

We rely on friends and organizations for support. A lot of labor is donated to make this film, reducing the costs. We are using a website called Kickstarter as a way to take pledges from people like you.

What happens if they don’t receive enough pledges?

This project will only be funded if at least $150,000 is pledged by Wednesday Oct 5, 3:16pm EDT. If the campaign doesn’t receive enough pledges, no money will be transferred and the project will not move forward.

How can I help?

We can only do this with your help in giving a tax-deductible donation and promoting the campaign. Pledge at least $25 to Becoming Fools on ourKickstarter page. Tell 4 friends to do the same and have them find 4 more friends who do the same. Promote it on Facebook and Twitter. Talk to friends, churches and organizations.

If I donate, when does the money get charged to my account?

Pledges to our campaign on Kickstarter are charged to your account AFTER the money is raised, after October 5. If all the funds are not raised, no money is transferred from your account at all.

 Make a pledge

We are excited (and yes a little nervous) to step out in faith to devote our time and lives to this film. This story has the potential to make a difference in the lives of street kids in Guatemala and around the world.

Will you join us?
-Scott & Amelia Moore

The 'Becoming Fools' Campaign Still Needs You

Thank you for all you’ve done so far to tell your friends and family about our campaign for our new film ‘Becoming Fools’ on Kickstarter.com. 129 people have said they want to help street kids in Guatemala by pledging your support, raising over $25,000! We are honored and blessed by this generosity.

Help us reach $45,000 by Monday, September 5.
Make your tax-deductible pledge today.

This would put us just over 30%, which is a very important target to meet because it will put us in good standing with Kickstarter, and may provide more opportunities for promotion through them.

For those who haven’t pledged, is anything holding you back from pledging your support for the film?

Here are some answers to questions we have received.

What is ‘Becoming Fools’ about?

Becoming Fools’ portrays the vision of Italo, a professional clown, Italo, who invested in the lives of kids living in the streets. We want to honor Italo’s life by telling this beautiful story of struggle and hope.

What the problem?

In Guatemala, a child is abandoned every 4 days. 10 children are violently killed every week. Over 6000 children live in the streets. This is not just a Guatemalan problem. There are over a million children on the street worldwide.

Why are they doing it?

We’re passionate about this issue because the problem of street children exists everywhere. We’ve seen the impact a film can make with the success of our previous film, ‘Reparando’, and want to start a movement through this film that will impact thousands.

Why does it cost so much?

There’s a lot that goes into making a film including cost of equipment, travel, time, production, translation, editing, music, packaging and distribution. While we are paying some staff in the U.S. and Guatemala, we do rely on volunteers for a good portion of the work to be done.

How do they pay for it?

We rely on friends and organizations for support. A lot of labor is donated to make this film, reducing the costs. We are using a website called Kickstarter as a way to take pledges from people like you.

What happens if they don’t receive enough pledges?

This project will only be funded if at least $150,000 is pledged by Wednesday Oct 5, 3:16pm EDT. If the campaign doesn’t receive enough pledges, no money will be transferred and the project will not move forward.

How can I help?

We can only do this with your help in giving a tax-deductible donation and promoting the campaign. Pledge at least $25 to Becoming Fools on ourKickstarter page. Tell 4 friends to do the same and have them find 4 more friends who do the same. Promote it on Facebook and Twitter. Talk to friends, churches and organizations.

If I donate, when does the money get charged to my account?

Pledges to our campaign on Kickstarter are charged to your account AFTER the money is raised, after October 5. If all the funds are not raised, no money is transferred from your account at all.

 Make a pledge

We are excited (and yes a little nervous) to step out in faith to devote our time and lives to this film. This story has the potential to make a difference in the lives of street kids in Guatemala and around the world.

Will you join us?
-Scott & Amelia Moore

Big Week

After 3 months of preparation, we officially launched our Kickstarter Campaign on Tuesday to fund the documentary “Becoming Fools”. The first two days have been very encouraging! 5% of our goal has been funded and we have 48 days remaining. We are excited about the progress and very thankful for the 39 project backers who have joined us in Becoming Fools!

Please help us by making a pledge at:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/306542054/becoming-fools-a-documentary

We also developed a fun way to help promote the kickstarter campaign.

Add a hat to your profile pic and join our gallery of fools!

1. Take a photo of yourself and leave room above your head for the hat
2. Click on this link http://twb.ly/ot5RMB
3. Put the hat twibbon on your head
4. Tag yourself in the photo
5. Tag Becoming Fools in the photo

JOIN US IN BECOMING FOOLS!